The folks at ABT Data have updated Speed Download to version 1.8fc5. This version incorporates lots of changes and user requests, Tony Yazbeck of ABT Data told MacCentral. Speed Download offers multithreading so you can go online and download as many files as you want, simultaneously,
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“It is much faster, more compatible with many more servers, and its interface is more Mac-like than ever, resulting in about 30-40 percent more screen real estate,” he said. “This is especially beneficial for users with smaller screens. One of the most requested features that we implemented in this release is the ability to decide what file extensions Speed Download will be allowed to get.”
An entire section of the preferences has been devoted to this. All you have to do is type in the file extension (i.e. .sit) that you want Speed Download to get and press “Save.” From that point on, every URL that a user clicks on in their browser that matches that file extension will be automatically downloaded by Speed Download.
“At the same token, if a user changes their mind and wishes to have their browser download a certain file extension type (i.e. .sit), then all they have to do is delete it and hit ‘Save’ and its done,” Yazbeck said. “It’s really cool, and all users of all technical levels should be able to use it with no problem. A fully automated uninstaller is also included.”
Version 1.8fc5 has also been optimized to run faster, he added. Speed Download also now offers he option to restore browser settings, comes with a default set of file helpers all ready to optimize downloading, adds the ability to manually add or remove file extensions, and improves compatibility with iCab and Opera. Plus, the Mac OS X contextual menu is now part of the SD installer.
Speed Download, a US$20 application, sports a download queue that supports schedules. It’s Carbonized so, as mentioned, it runs under Mac OS X. However, it also has multi-processor optimizations when running Mac OS 9 or higher. You can download it at the ABT Data Web site.